Schoolhouse Rock summarized how good ideas become public policy about 30 years ago, and it still holds true today. The State of Ohio parallels the national set up for how a bill becomes a law.
Public policy establishes the rules for how society should operate. We do this at the local, state, and national level through laws. These laws are supposed to represent the values and priorities of the community. When these rules reflect our shared values, we advocate to support and improve them; when the rules don’t reflect our shared values or are ineffective, we advocate to change them.
At the Hunger Network, we believe that we can end hunger in Ohio and greatly reduce the suffering and long-term impacts of poverty. Ending hunger is our top priority, and we want it be moved up in the minds and hearts of our community leaders as well.
As the Church, we know that we cannot do it ourselves. Micah 6:8 calls on Israel as a nation - not just individuals - to ‘do justice, love mercy and to walk humbly.’ As a network of faithful voices, we are calling on our public officials to adopt public policies that will seek to end hunger.
How can you improve public policy for your community?
- Host a conversation on the issues. Sadly, too many people are unaware of hunger and how we can actually solve it.
- Send an email. Sometimes a quick reminder will help legislators prioritize hunger in their decisions. We've made it easy to contact your legislators here.
- Write a letter. A handwritten letter still makes a lot of impact.
- Visit their office. Join us for a day at the Statehouse to discuss hunger.
OUR ADVOCACY PRIORITIES
Feed People Today
It is hard to work, learn, or stay healthy when you are hungry. Food pantries and other forms of emergency assistance can provide stability for families in a difficult time.
Educate to End Hunger
A high quality education is key to fighting poverty and hunger. More than 60% of Ohio jobs will require an associates degree or higher. Ohio will need to create equity, accessibility, and adequacy in education from pre-k through higher education.
An Economy that Works for All
Too many are trying to survive in the low-wage economy, especially women and minorities. The economy should provide fair wages, uplift families and protect hard-working Ohioans from exploitation and marginalization.
Build Healthy Homes and Communities
It will require a wholistic approach to community to end hunger. Families need access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, access to healthcare, grocery stores, banks, and more for a full life. We are stronger together in community.